A campaign to get us talking more and differently to babies and young children

Next Network Meeting, 7 Sept

We've got an exciting and stimulating lineup for our next meeting.

Table Talk session - How can we help children to express their feelings? 

Emerging research - two new PhD students with the Marie Clay Research Centre talk about their research into early language in families.

WHEN: Friday 7th September, 9:00am – 12:30pm

WHERE: Kohia Education Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland

Find out more and register here

Premiere for Talanoa Ato video

14 August 2018 - Talking Matters had the pleasure of attending the premiere of Le Malelega a le To'elau's video about the power of Talanoa. The video looks at how the Samoan ECE uses the Talanoa Ato or Kete (Basket) to spark conversations between children and their aiga at home. Find out more

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Everyone can be a part of Talking Matters

Talking Matters is a community-wide initiative, bringing together education, health and social services with whānau to promote the importance of talking more and talking differently with children, to maximise their potential. Talking is particularly important when children's brains are forming – in the first three years, so our focus is families with infants and toddlers. Read more

Bill Kermode, NEXT ceo | Ginnie Denny, COMET board chair | Susan Warren, COMET ceo |  Alison Sutton, Talking Matters director

Bill Kermode, NEXT ceo | Ginnie Denny, COMET board chair | Susan Warren, COMET ceo | Alison Sutton, Talking Matters director

NEXT Foundation boosts investment in Talking Matters campaign

May - NEXT Foundation has announced it is extending its funding for Talking Matters, our campaign promoting the importance of rich language with babies. Read more

What's ahead in 2018 and what we did last year!

Our Talking Matters campaign is growing like a kumara vine. More and more people and organisations have joined, and there is more talk about talk around the country. Here's a summary of our mahi last year and what's ahead.   

Download end of year report

Language is an 'engine' for learning, thinking, literacy and life

Children are born wanting to communicate and learn. When the important adults in their world interact and respond to them, they thrive. Interaction and talk actually grows a baby's brain in their early years. That's why talking matters! 


 

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